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Core Skills for 21st Century Professionals (CoSki21)

Goal: The goal of COSKI21 is to enable the higher education institutes to produce graduates and professionals equipped with personal competence and skills needed in the 21. century. This will happen through the following steps:
- establishing a skills framework for particular fields, valid on transeuropean level
- raising the awareness of ‘T-type’ and the significance of core personal skills among students and other interest groups through events hroughout Europe and an international e-platform
- piloting learning and self-improvement in order to state a validated tool for students and employees
Additionally to these results, the project is expected to produce shared measurement tools and thus foster better understanding between HEI´s and labor market.

Date: 2 October 2017 - 1 October 2019

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Marga Cabrera
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Vivimos una mutación de la formación presencial a la online. En el cambio, emergen fórmulas de lo más creativas para esta transformación ¿no es un momento precioso para el ingenio? Artículo online: https://telos.fundaciontelefonica.com/la-formacion-se-vuelve-virtual/
Marga Cabrera
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El docente universitario está obligado a mutarse hacia un perfil tecno-digital en el que integre sus competencias con las digitales. Los que no se adapten serán analfabetos funcionales y tenderán a la extinción. Las aptitudes digitales serán imprescindibles para la docencia futura porque nuestros jóvenes ya son digitales.
Kai Schleutker
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Recent reports have suggested that many employees in the labour market today lack essential soft skills. Yet, the specific relevance of these skills for particular job occupations is still to explore. We investigated perceptions of skill requirements and their development potential reflected against cultural impacts, using close interviews of 64 managers at firms in different fields of industries in Italy and Finland. Managers reported that, due to heightened competitive pressure, specific soft skills, particularly Work in team and flexibility to develop, are becoming increasingly important. The study indicates that the perceived significance of soft skills seems to vary according to the working environment and occupation. Furthermore, some soft skills seem to have a higher potential for development and thus suggested to be implemented in the university curricula. The paper concludes that a country characterized by working environments conducive to the development of soft skills, must however promote research for the identification and relevance of the skills themselves.
Kai Schleutker
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Latest research indicates that business graduates are expected to possess soft skills in addition to their substance related hard skills. In working environments, soft skills are needed for communication and adaptation, as well as for employability reasons. For higher education institutes this means an increasing challenge. Even if the need of soft skills is widely acknowledged, new efforts to build appropriate learning environments are needed continuously. Soft skills have been highlighted in social care and nursing education, whereas in business fields they have received less attention. In this article, two learning environments for business studies at Universities of applied sciences are presented. The ISCAP (Porto) model bases on Business simulation, whereas the TUAS (Turku) model involves team-based learning. These learning environments have been designed particularly for fostering soft skills of the graduates, and thus implementing the idea of skills-based curriculum.
Jose Luis Poza Luján
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The goal of COSKI21 is to enable the higher education institutes to produce graduates and professionals equipped with personal competence and skills needed in the 21. century. This will happen through the following steps:
- establishing a skills framework for particular fields, valid on transeuropean level
- raising the awareness of ‘T-type’ and the significance of core personal skills among students and other interest groups through events hroughout Europe and an international e-platform
- piloting learning and self-improvement in order to state a validated tool for students and employees
Additionally to these results, the project is expected to produce shared measurement tools and thus foster better understanding between HEI´s and labor market.